Arts and Entertainment

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Vintage Band Festival Presents "Bugler Bill" Monday, October 26

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William "Bugler Bill" Crowder, a Civil War Re-enactor and bugle historian from the Twin Cities will present a lively program on Civil War  Bugler history and do all the calls “in character.”    He is a popular presenter at Civil War Round Tables and in schools. He will bring several bugles  to show and to play. There’s a well-done Youtube video here that previews Bugler Bill’s presentation. Bugler Bill will give  two presentations on Monday, October 26. The first will be at 3:15pm in the Northfield Retirement Center Chapel and the second at  7:00 PM in the Northfield Senior Center Performance Room.This program is the second in the Vintage Band Festival Presents fall educational series.

Northfield Community Sing Along

Northfield area community members are gathering on Fourth Thursdays at the Quaker Meetinghouse and singing together out of the Rise Up Singing Songbook. Join us on Thursday, October 22, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Cannon Valley Friends Meetinghouse at 512 Washington Street in Northfield.
Rise Up Singing songbooks will be available, and if you have one, please bring it to use or share. People of all ages and singing abilities are welcome; please distribute this invitation to others, come and bring a friend!

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra performs “Vienna to Leipzig: A Musical Journey”, October 24-25, 2015

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The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO), conducted by Paul Niemisto, begins its 36th season with a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. The concert will be presented first on October 24th at 7:30 PM at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 139 Mercy Drive, Faribault. The second performance will be October 25th at 3:00 PM at St. John’s Hall, St John’s Lutheran Church, 3rd Street West, Northfield.

Cannon Shoals, original screenplay reading Wed. Oct. 14

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I'm having a reading of my original screenplay, Cannon Shoals, on Wednesday, Oct. 14th at 7:30 pm at the NAG theater, 411 West Third st. Cannon Shoals is a seven episode television written for the web. It is a story of sex, greed, politics, and life in a small town. The cast features David Bly, Susan Carlson, Ben Chadwick, Deb Clark, Kevin Dahle, Brendon Etter, Ed Sostek, and Ruth Sylte. This is the capstone event for a grant I received from SEMAC to write a new screenplay. Admission is free, audience is 18+

2016 Northfield Living Treasure Award: Do You Have A Nominee?

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The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered its 2016 Northfield Living Treasure.

The deadline for nominations is November 6, 2015.  Nomination forms can be downloaded from or picked up in hard copy at the Public Library, the City Hall Administration office, the Northfield Arts Guild, the Northfield Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce, and By All Means Graphic.

The annual award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Call for auditions: "When Grown Men Cry"

Actors needed for play about loss, helplessness in Palestine

Aspiring actors are invited to audition for the play, “When Grown Men Cry,” to be performed in Northfield in November.

The play tells the story of a Palestinian couple whose 50-year-old olive grove is destroyed by the Israeli army. The play depicts the helplessness and loss experienced by farmers Haj Yousef and his wife as their life’s work is destroyed.

One female actor and three male actors will play the roles of the Yousefs, their friends and an Israeli officer.

The play will be done as “reader’s theater,” so no memorization is involved. Actors will depend on not only voice but also on the understanding of great loss, helplessness, loss of dignity and emptiness left in the lives of these people.

Vintage Band Festival Presents "The Story of Brass Bands in America" on September 28


Paul Mayberry of Savage, MN, music historian, arranger and conductor (as well as a tuba player) is the inaugural  speaker for the new "Vintage Band Festival Presents" continuing education series.  He is well known for finding  brass band music from the 19th century and arranging it for bands to perform today.  He arranged the music for Ken Burns’ television series on the Civil War and on baseball.  Paul will bring rare 19th century brass band instruments, photographs and recordings to present a program on "The Story of Brass Bands in America."

Ready to serve? Join the Arts Guild Board!

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The Northfield Arts Guild is soliciting recommendations for three new board members. The organization is at an exciting point of forward growth and progress, and we’re looking for new board members to help lead the way!

Story time for all ages to begin at the Library

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Story times for all/any ages will be returning to the library schedule. And due to the library's interim space at City Hall they will be held in the City Council Chambers! We will have story times with books, fingerplays, songs and movement Wednesday and Fridays from 10-11 am.  We used to break story times up by ages but in our limited space and times all ages are invited! Parents/caregivers are asked to stay and join in the fun.  Our story times focus on pre-reading skills and fun.  No sign up is needed and there is no charge.  This schedule will go through Nov. 25th, and there is no story time on Veteran's Day Nov. 11. Our interim Library is located on the second floor of City Hall 801 Washington St.  The Council Chambers are located on the south end of the first floor. (Fittingly enough in the former Kindergarten room!)

Join Chorale - A regional, multi-generational Choir

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Our multi-generational community choir is ready for a new season, and you're invited to join. This choir includes adults, college and high school students. No experience is necessary.
We're pleased to announce that Dr. Therees Hibbard will be directing.  Therees is Visiting Associate Professor of Music — Voice, Conductor of the Manitou Singers and the Early Music Singers at St. Olaf College.

YMCA Fall Program and Services Begin Soon - Come See What's New at the Y!

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0in">The YMCA is very pleased to offer a huge number of programs and services.  Our mission is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community.  

Our new Fall Brochure supports our intent to ensure our youth have opportunities to realize their potential to become active, engaged and thriving members of the community as well as nurture their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development through holistic youth programming, experiences and supports.   

Super Hero Kickoff for the Northfield Area United Way Campaign

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The Northfield Area United Way will host a family friendly Super Hero Kickoff for its fall fundraising campaign at the Northfield Area Family YMCA, Saturday, September 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to meet powerful United Way partner agencies and learn how these local heroes benefit one in three Northfield area residents. Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite super heroes for the chance to win a prize for Best Dressed Super Hero.

The public is invited to try the YMCA all day. Other features of the morning kickoff include live folk music, interactive games and giveaways. Super heroes and common folk are invited to dress up and take their own photos in the photo booth sponsored by Brand Yourself Consulting.

Arts and Culture Commission ~ Sidewalk Poetry Celebration ~ Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm on Bridge Square

We're celebrating 5 years of Sidewalk Poetry in Northfield on Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm on Bridge Square!  Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to join in the fun as the 2015 Winning Poets are honored.  The Senior Center Popcorn Wagon will be open for business and there will be music by Bonnie and the Clydes! Winning poems from all five years of the contest will be on display. Community partners to be honored:  the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Library, Northfield's City Engineering Department and the Northfield Public Library.

Minnesota Opera Storytimes coming to Northfield!

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It’s a new perspective on storytelling that is exciting and intriguing for all ages.

Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional

storytelling and music. In READ AND SING OPERA, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from operatic and classical singing to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children will see a book come to life with excerpts of arias and animated characterizations throughout the reading, as well as be invited to sing along to parts of the book.

A craft project will conclude the story hour.

Books for Northfield Library: Westward Ho, Carlotta by Candice Flemming

Opera Cat by Tess Weaver

Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm at the Northfield Arts Guild 304 Division St.


Friday, August 21 at 11 am in the Northfield City Hall Council Chambers

Vintage Band Festival One Day Event August 1

Vintage Band Festival August 1, 2015

Vintage Band Festival will present a one-day mini-festival on August 1, 2015 in downtown Northfield, Minnesota. There will be 12 different brass and wind bands playing throughout the day from 9am-9pm. Each band will have the stage for 45 minutes and the musical formats will range from Civil War to Old-Time to Jazz to Ethnic. There will be a German band, several community bands, a Mariachi Band and the "Red Bull Band" from the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. Perennial favorites include the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the  Copper Street Brass Quintet.

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